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How to Make Chewy, Warm Snickerdoodles and Hot Cocoa: A Recipe for a Perfect Holiday Combination

Updated on December 18, 2015
Warm and chewy Snickerdoodles
Warm and chewy Snickerdoodles

More Than Just a Sugar Cookie

While anytime is a perfect time for a fluffy, cinnamony snickerdoodle, the winter holidays are a great excuse to bake up a few batches. Not only do they taste delish, but they make the whole house smell delicious, too.

These classic, crackle-topped cookies are great eaten cold of course, maybe with a cup of your favorite coffee or tea (I prefer a Chai/snickerdoodle combination myself), but definitely leave room to eat a few straight from the oven. In fact, that's almost a requirement when it comes to this recipe.

We like to make a batch on Christmas eve, to enjoy with a cuppa hot chocolate (topped with marshmallows or some whipped cream of course). Problem is, we never end up leaving any for Santa or anyone else who might stop by.

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: About 20 cookies


  • butter, 1/2 cup at room temperature
  • shortening, 1/2 cup
  • sugar, 1-1/2 cup
  • eggs, 2
  • vanilla, 2 teaspoons
  • flour, 2-3/4 cups
  • cream of tartar, 2 teaspoons
  • baking soda, 1 teaspoon
  • salt, 1/4 teaspoon
  • Coating: 2 Tbsp sugar, 2 Tbsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine sugar, butter, shortening, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl
  3. Stir in the rest of the dry ingredients.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the cinnamon and sugar coating. (FYI: There's no need to chill the dough.)
  5. Shape the cookie dough into balls -- we make ours about an inch-and-a-half in diameter, kind of the size of a small rubber ball you'd use for playing jacks ... but you can go for golf ball size if you want; it's up to you -- and roll each one in the cinnamon and sugar.
  6. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. Bake 8-10 minutes. (Remove at 8 for chewier cookies)
  8. Immediately remove the cookies from the sheets and place on a cooling rack (eating a couple in the process).

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© 2013 Deb Kingsbury


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